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Photography Competition 


1st Place: Alyson Weiss

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2nd Place: Ryan Hoopes

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3rd Place: Sherie Simino

4th Place: Jared Zhang

Interested in nature and photography? If so, then this is the competition for you! Help celebrate beautiful greens, gardens, and wildlife by showing us your best nature photograph. The competition will be open from September 14, 2022 to April 19, 2023. The top winner will receive $250, the second place winner will receive $175, and the third place winner will receive $95.  Due to the pandemic, we will accept photos that have been taken between 2017 and 2023.


While other competitions may allow complete freedom in digital editing, this competition aims to show a truthful depiction of the natural world. By participating in the competition, you agree to the following rules:


  • Must be a Brown University student, faculty member, or staff member 

  • Only one photo can be submitted 

  • Submit a picture of one of the following

    • Natural world: plants, landscapes, fungi, bacteria, geological or climatological features 

    • Wildlife: mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates 

    • Scientific endeavors: people in nature 

    • Nature Gap: inequities in nature exposure

  • Minor adjustments are allowed, including dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast, toning, slight color adjustment, dust spot and flare corrections, image stacking/averaging, focus stacking, creating panoramas, and conversion to grayscale 

  • Cropped photos are eligible

  • For a photo in which a person is recognizable, photographers must be prepared to provide the model’s written consent 

  • Digitally enhanced or altered photos are not allowed, including the addition and subtraction of objects from the original scene  

  • Distorting existing elements is not allowed. For example, stretching an element to make it appear more dramatic 

  • Combining images is not allowed 

  • Adding light to a part of a scene where light did not exist is not allowed 

  • Photos that contain objectionable or inappropriate content are not allowed 

  • Baiting of wildlife is not allowed 




The contest begins on September 14, 2022 at 12:00 AM. All entries must be received by April 19, 2023 at 11:59 PM. 



Submissions will be assessed by judges from the Roger Williams Park Conservancy, the Audubon Society of RI, and ParksRx.



The form to submit your entry can be found HERE


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